Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was severely vandalized early Friday morning by an individual dressed in an Incredible Hulk costume. The police arrived at the scene at around 5:55 a.m. after the costumed individual had used a pickaxe to deface the landmark, “destroying it beyond recognition.”
This marks the third time that Trump’s star has been destroyed. The first time was in 2016 when it was destroyed with the use of a sledgehammer, and the second time was in 2018 when it was destroyed with the use of a pickaxe. This time, the star sustained over $3,000 in damage, which, under California law, is considered a felony. An investigation is underway by the Los Angeles Police Department to find the culprit, though, as of Saturday morning, there are still no suspects, culprits, or arrests.
Repairs on the star began as early as Friday afternoon, with the star being hidden from public view.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce manages the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which abides by the rule of replacing a star any time it has been damaged. Rana Ghadban, the president and CEO of the chamber, remarked in a statement that any “star which is vandalized…no matter which honoree it belongs to will be replaced by the Hollywood Historic Trust, a non-profit, non-partisan group.”
The Chamber of Commerce also urged individuals that are dissatisfied with honorees on the Walk of Fame to find other means of expressing their discontent. “When people are angry with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California state landmark.”
“Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a real difference by voting and not destroying public property,” Ghadban further remarked